A VERY special Clitheroe couple Peter and Doris Wrathall are celebrating their diamond wedding on November 10th so Armistice Day has happy as well as sad memories for them.
It was 60 years ago on Remembrance Sunday that Peter and Doris spent the first day of their honeymoon in Southport and they stood on Lord Street to watch the parade towards the war memorial.
The happy part is after a celebration at Abbeyfield House, in Low Moor, where they both now live, their family are treating them to a return visit to Southport on Saturday for an overnight stay to celebrate their happy marriage.
Peter, who celebrated his 84th birthday a few days ago, was born in Withnell, near Chorley, but soon afterwards his parents bought Thistleber Farm, at Rimington. Peter attended Gisburn School, later going to work full-time on his parents farm.
Doris (age 84 next month) was born in Ireland, but her parents moved to Laneshaw Bridge, near Colne when she was just two-years-old and it was a Colne’s Majestic Dance Hall where the couple met.
They were married in Colne and afterwards went to live in Gisburn at Moorhouse Farm, together with his parents who lived in the farmhouse while the newly weds had a farm cottage built for them.
In 1969 they gave up farming and Peter and Doris became licensees of the Royal Oak Hotel, in Clitheroe, where they ran a very busy business until 1978. They had a year out of the trade before taking over the Coach and Horses Hotel, in Bowland-by-Bowland, retiring from there in 1981 due to Peter’s ill health. Their son Stephen then took over the licence until 1984.
After a spell living in Salterforth the couple moved to Rimington Caravan Park where they spent many happy years until Doris’s ill health forced a move to a warden controlled bungalow in Clitheroe. Peter moved to Abbeyfield Care Home two-and-a-half years ago and Doris followed him 15 months later.
Walking and travelling were the pleasures they both enjoyed particularly visiting Doris’s sister in America where they spent 14 weeks travelling round the states following their retirement from the Coach and Horses.
Even though it was a huge change from farming to running a pub Doris and Peter became popular landlords and took to the many tasks wholeheartedly. While in the licensed trade Peter enjoyed supporting his darts and pool teams which played in the local leagues and travelled with them to matches. Doris was a keen darts player for the pub team too and while at The Royal Oak they won many trophies for their sporting achievements.
Peter and Doris have two children, Susan Buttery who lives in Skipton and Stephen who lives in Clitheroe where he also has a business. Also four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren all of whom they enjoy spending time with.